Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
...we'll be in France again Sunday. Bought two sets of balls last weekend to play while at wedding festivities this past weekend. Worst terrain we have ever played on, full of rocks. Played with a nine year old boy named Brice who could hold his own and really could read the lay of the land! Just got interested this year and taught himself. I was impressed!!!,
Hope all is well there with you all. We are working every minute, hit the ground running and have not stopped, except to attend a wedding last weekend. Now we are back to the salt mines!Carol
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
(We also had a great meal afterwards at the Bonefish Grill!)
Kirk had a conference in Wilmington, NC, last week and the Edwards family had one last hoorah before Parker started school. Kirk found a potential place to play some petanque, and, while they were in town, they stopped by to check it out. Courts & Sports Bar & Grill had two good courts-- one that was about 70’ long (could be divided into two) and another court that was about 35’.
Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating and the courts were shallow swimming pools. The staff offered to squeegee one out, but, since it was still raining, it probably would have been a futile effort.
In addition to petanque, Courts & Sports had about 8 volleyball courts, and offered dodgeball, cornhole, sand soccer and, of course, bocce. Courts & Sports also had a very nice restaurant/bar with the typical bar menu, but not the typical bar food. “The fish and house-cut chips were some of the best I’ve had in quite a while, and Bo’s club sandwich was huge with a great spicy Cuban sauce,” said Kirk. The wait staff was very friendly and, of course, Kirk struck up a conversation about playing petanque.
The next thing they knew Rob Migliosi, Program Director, came over to say hello and to find out more about petanque and Carolina Petanque. “Rob was super nice and very interested in petanque and the differences to bocce; he is a bocce player from way back and even has a couple courts at his house and plays regularly.” The Edwards family did a show-and-tell with the boules and other petanque equipment and Rob gave Kirk a few business cards so we could keep in touch. “Rob said if the club ever wanted to organize something down in the Wilmington, NC, area he would like to meet some other players and Courts and Sports would like to host the gathering,” Kirk said. If you are ever in the area stop by, say hello, and play a few games.
Kirk: Sorry for the poor photo; after dark, raining, into the lights. Go online for better pictures of the facilities and activities.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Kirk, Bo, and Parker traveled a bit this weekend, meeting Marc and Augustin in Hildebran, NC, at a new park in the town. “The park was just gorgeous with a huge pavilion and restrooms next to the court” said Kirk.
They played for a few hours until hunger and heat drove them to go to a local pizza shop for some sustenance and cold beverages. http://www.hildebrannc.com/index.asp?SEC=3B5E4150-65A1-4A85-B9BA-2BDA671B05F0&Type=B_BASIC It was good timing, because while they were there a thunderstorm came through the area and kept them from playing for an hour or so. After the rain tapered off, they returned to finish the competition between Hickory and Spruce Pine. Ultimately, Hickory prevailed with excellent pointing and shooting by the Hickory team.
The following day the Edwards family met up with Kaye (Kirk’s Mom), and they traveled to Charlotte, NC, to go to Carowinds amusement park. There they met Cruz, Kristi, and family for some fun.
The Edwards family had to leave a little earlier for the drive back and in order to stop by Kaye’s house. They decided to stop and have dinner at Bravo restaurant in Charlotte and discovered a petanque court. “After dinner, of course we had to throw some boules around and teach some of the staff and spectators the game of petanque” said Kirk. The restaurant was very open to the club using the court anytime. http://www.bravoitalian.com/index.htmlCheck it out if you're in the area.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
|Ernesto Santos (La Boule New Yorkaise), Youseff Hassoune (La Boule New Yorkaise), and Khalid Mesbah (CarolinaPetanque)|
Congratulations to Khalid Mesbah (Carolina Petanque), Ernesto Santos (La Boule NY), and Joseph Hassoune (La Boule NY) for finishing in the quarter finals at the La Marseillaise in Montreal Canada!
Monday, August 5, 2013
|Cindy, Travis, Robert, Anthony, and Amadeus|
|CarolinaPetanque member Walt Elder-- now of Austin, Texas!|
|Michael, Jacques, and Rudy|
|Anthony to shoot|
|Custom made boules case by Thierry Amisse|
|Another view of Thierry's artwork|
|And one more view|
|Thierry (semi-dressed in the French fashion)|
|Now Michael takes a look|
|Then they call the umpire (both boules were touching)|
He's doing great in Austin and working in a management position with Schlotzsky's Deli. He has 38 store locations under his guidance and just finished with the opening of a new location in San Antonio.
The Amelia Island connection was to the Alejandro family, formerly of Jerome, Arizona,-- now Texas residents! We met Anthony and Cindy at the Petanque America Open several years ago. We have maintained communications through Facebook and were glad to be able to say hello to them here in Austin. We encouraged them to play with some of our Texas petanque friends while in Texas and hone their games for the 2013 edition of the Petanque America Open. We hope to see them there.